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Woman Walking in the Snow

Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, Tokyo (Edo) 1797–1858 Tokyo (Edo))

Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
1840s–early 1850s
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk
Dimensions:
31 1/8 x 12 1/2 in. (79.1 x 31.8 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
The Howard Mansfield Collection, Purchase, Rogers Fund, 1936
Accession Number:
36.100.22
  • Description

    In his prints, Hiroshige used the unprinted white paper to represent snow, a technique also exploited in this painting, in which unpainted silk, reserved against the pale ink wash, suggests the snow-covered areas. Slightly bleeding ink creates the impression of fluffy snow, and snowflakes were rendered with splashes of opaque white pigment. By contrast, the figure's partially revealed red undergarment intensifies the white.
    Hiroshige's early works, of the mid-to late 1820s, depict slouching, long-faced women, while his later works present tall beauties in landscape settings, as in this scroll, made in the 1840s or early 1850s.

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